Three men arrested for target practice near city limits
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Report of shots fired
A San Joaquin County Sheriff deputy carries a shotgun on West Mountain View Road after officers responded to a call of shots fired on Monday, Oct. 29.  Glenn Moore/Tracy Press
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San Joaquin County sheriff deputies arrested three Tracy men on Monday, Oct. 29 for allegedly shooting guns outside of a house in rural Tracy.

Clayton Sherwood, 19, Daniel Villareal, 35, and Cecilio Rodriguez, 21, were charged with negligent discharge of a firearm, according to sheriff spokesman Les Garcia.

Tracy police responded to a call of shots fired around 10:15 a.m. behind a house on the 11600 block of Mountain View Road, which is an unincorporated area off of Corral Hollow Road. The officers allegedly witnessed one man shooting a handgun in a backyard, accompanied by two other men, Garcia said.

The men were shooting at a tree 10 feet from a neighbor’s fence line, he said.

When Tracy officers identified themselves to the men, Garcia said they ran into the house to hide the gun. He said the men were uncooperative with officers and they wouldn’t tell police where they hid the gun.

Sheriff deputies took over the case from the Tracy officers because the property was technically located in the county.

All three men are expected to be arraigned at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Manteca branch of San Joaquin County Superior Court. They are each being held on $75,000 bail, according to the San Joaquin County Jail website.

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

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Wobbley
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November 05, 2012
If there were only one man among them it would be that man in jail, not all three of them. Just sayin.
Sneaky
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November 03, 2012
I have mixed feelings about this one. Yes, these guys were douches. Running from the cops is unacceptable and there are the rumors that bullets were going into a nearby neighborhood. On the other hand, folks who move into rural areas do so to enjoy a certain amount of freedom. The freedom to do perfectly normal stuff like fire guns at trees or ride motorcycles on their property or shout drunkenly at the moon at 3 A.M.. Then, invariably a bunch of folks build houses around them and expect the rural folks to change their habits, which is not exactly reasonable. That is probably not the case here since these guys were pretty young but it just sucks that anywhere you move nowadays a bunch of folks move in around you and expect you to live like them.
Wobbley
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November 05, 2012
Except, when developers build houses around your property you are no longer rural. Also, responsible gun owners track their shots to determine where the bullets go after hitting the target. These guys (apparently) pierced a sound wall and thier rounds were crossing a road. Firing across a roadway is against the law in every state I know of.
dcose
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November 05, 2012
"...Then, invariably a bunch of folks build houses around them and expect the rural folks to change their habits, which is not exactly reasonable..."

Cause even though it's not your property, whoever got there 1st has the right to control it as they want... regardless of the law which, of course, is "exactly" reasonable.

The rules seem to have already been in place. Did law enforcement change them on the spot?

The degradation of your mind continues unabated. Isn't there something you can have done to arrest it ?
janetjohn1
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November 02, 2012
Those men are lucky someone called the police and they got busted before they ended up killing someone and being booked for murder!! They ought to be thanking God at this point.....count your blessing guys!!!! I am....because nobody was hurt! My husband could have been killed that day as he drove down parkside only to hear several gun shots and hearing the sound of a bullet fly between him (driving in the car) and a lady walking a dog (was closer to her); then the bullet hit a house on parkside. My kids could have been without a dad, and me without a husband on that day....scares the %#ck out of me!!

theduq
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October 31, 2012
the propety is is heavily populated on three sides. it is not truly outside city limits .boundry might say so but it is between starflower and parkside drives off corral hollow.what the article does not say is how a stray bullet narrowly missed two people on other side of sound wall and hit a home .i Know i heard bullet whizzed past my car and hit a house . narrowly miisng a lady walking her dog.
lastword
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October 31, 2012
wow Chris..... so its only ok for rednecks to do this?

you havent changed a bit.....sad
newswatcher39
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October 31, 2012
Are they charged due to the proximity of the neighbor's fence line, or were they discharging the firearm in a manner and in a direction which might have endangered the neighbors? Is there an ordinance which prevents discharging firearms outside of city limits?

Regardless, running and hiding was juvenile and stupid.
theduq
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October 31, 2012
just to let no the propety is surronded on thee sides of heavily populated nieghbor hood
ChrisRoberts
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October 30, 2012
20 years ago when it was just local rednecks doing this no one cared.

Just sayin'
dcose
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October 31, 2012
What are you "Just sayin' " Chris ?

Still packing an unpermitted concealed weapon ?

Have you alerted law enforcement to see if anyone cares?
jlo1
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November 03, 2012
You can't be as stupid as you sound!

Just sayin'
beepbeepcomingthrough
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October 30, 2012
What a group of idiots!!! 75,000 bail for all 3 for shooting at a tree?!? Here is an idea for the 3 idiots. All you were doing was shooting at a tree. Maybe if you cooperated with the police and apologized for your ignorance on that morning you could have gotten away with a warning or a lighter bail. Next time don't run and stand up for your actions like a man instead of like little boys. Also, this wouldn't have happenned on a monday morning at 10 am if you all had jobs like the majority of the people with in our area. Thank you for the good laugh while sitting at my WORK desk.
Icare!
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October 30, 2012
Maybe we should call the Sheriff to handle more calls inside the city limits and more of these creeps would go to jail. TPD too often just warns these idiots and sends them on their way to do more stupid things!
DogmaticMFer
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October 30, 2012
Icare! wrote: "Maybe we should call the Sheriff to handle more calls inside the city limits and more of these creeps would go to jail. TPD too often just warns these idiots and sends them on their way to do more stupid things!"

Another great idea from the safety and security behind the keyboard at home.

The way I read this article is; Tracy PD was first on the scene in an unincorporated part of the city. They put themselves in harms way to investigate and secure the scene. It wasn't until the bad guys were detained when the Sheriff's were called to handle the case which was theres from go.

ICare, instead of second guessing the guys who do what you don't want to becasue you think they or we (city) has problems becasue of them (TPD), think about this:

If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.


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